This program is recognized by and listed with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). The program is open to all dedicated yoga students, but certification is available only to those with 200-hour yoga teacher certification.
This four-unit program will provide you with the knowledge and skill to design dosha balancing asana practices, use food with awareness, and create a lifestyle plan for yourself and for your students based upon specific needs and goals. You will also be able to offer ayurvedic consultations and confidently teach ayurvedic principles in the classroom. Add another dimension to your life and teaching and learn more about the exciting science of ayurveda!
How prana and ojas (deep vitality) can be cultivated to regulate and support agni (digestive fire) for optimal health
A deeper knowledge of the ayurvedic maps: doshas (constitutions), gunas (psychological tendencies), vayus (winds or movement of prana), and koshas (sheaths)
How to adapt asana and pranayama to kindle agni and better circulate prana for efficient energy management
The alchemy of yoga and ayurveda along with diet and lifestyle adjustments to adapt to daily, seasonal, and stage-of-life changes
How to identify typical constitutional imbalances and address vikruti (imbalances) through asana, pranayama, deep relaxation, meditation and diet, cleansing, and lifestyle adjustments
This program is offered in four units. Units 1-3 may be taken in any order. Units 1-3 must be taken prior to Unit 4.
Course Content Overview
Unit 1. The Macrocosm and Microcosm of Ayurveda and Yoga
Yoga and ayurvedic philosophy; understanding prakriti and purusha
The manifestation of the elements; koshas (sheaths) and doshas (constitutions)
The ayurvedic clock; how we are affected by the hour, season, and stages of life
Unit 2. Psychology of Ayurveda and Physiology of Yoga
The architecture of the mind and the gunas; scientific use of asana, pranayama, and meditation
Prana, tejas, and ojas
Practices for seasonal changes and vata imbalance
Unit 3. Improving Our Digestion of Foods, Thoughts, and Actions
The six tastes and the ayurvedic diet
Developing clinical awareness of asana, pranayama, meditation and diet/lifestyle as it relates to digestion and assimilation
Learn to make ghee, kitchari, medicinal oils and teas; includes demonstrations, samples and recipes
Unit 4. Clinical Use of Ayurveda and Yoga
Practical application of yoga and ayurvedic psychology; dinacharya (daily routine), cleansing, asana, pranayama and meditation
Additional training on the nadis (energy channels)
Working with private clients using yoga and ayurveda
Assessment and developing a treatment plan
Practice client interaction and making individual prescriptions for yoga
Diet and lifestyle interventions
Tuition: $399 per unit. Accommodations are not included.
Graduates of the Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist (AYS) program now have many great ways to continue their education. The Torchbearer Program and Ayurvedic Health Counselor Program at the Himalayan Institute AYS Graduate School serve to deepen your knowledge, make you eligible for Ayurvedic Health Counselor certification, and be considered for teaching the AYS Program.
Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist (AYS) Torchbearer Program
This program consists of 10 group conference calls to discuss specific client case studies. The program is designed to further develop and refine your understanding of the tools of ayurveda in working with clients. All calls are supervised by Kathryn Templeton, Ayurvedic Practitioner.